Beauty Tips From The Beauty Counter!
There’s something about beauty counters that forever appeal to me. Maybe it’s because there’s an abundance of luxury lotions and potions but all I know is that if I were to be locked in the beauty department of Selfridges, there’d be a problem…
I’m always paying visits to beauty counters to discover, apply, rub and sniff the latest offerings from my favourite brands but as well as that, I’ve managed to become well acquainted with a few workers and always strike up conversations about favourite products and getting new tips on application technique, shades that’d suit me and skincare.
- A guy at the Chanel counter at London’s Selfridges recommended my sister that she exfoliate the skin very well, apply moisturiser and apply a layer of Vaseline over the moisturiser once it’s sinked in properly at least one night a week. She woke up with the smoothest skin! The point is that Vaseline acts as a sealant to keep the moisture within the skin.
- NARS’ Casino bronzer and Taj Mahal blush are a lethal combination. Sweep Casino across the forehead, cheekbones and chin and then use Taj Mahal gently on the cheeks. Holiday to Barbados in seconds!
- A lovely make-up artist I met at NARS gave me a huge lesson on how foundation works with the skin. If you’re suffering from breakouts, dry, flaky and any other skin concern that compromises a smooth skin texture, foundation will only make it worse and accentuate the problem rather than concealing it. Clean your body from within by going on a detox and then begin to wear foundation.
- The Dr Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask will get you smoother skin with little effort.
- Never rub perfume; that’ll just flatten and ruin the scent.
- If there are parts of the skin that are darker than the other, it’s best to use a concealer that matches that particular tone than to use a concealer matching the rest of the skin as it’ll prevent it from looking ashy. The key to making it work is to blend the two shades very well.
- Bright orange blush looks great in the pan but it can look very artificial on the skin; darker, deeper oranges work best.
- Go for something different with eyeliner; greens, browns, blues and even purples will look beautiful on all skin tones.
- Follow a colour chart when selecting a foundation if possible; the lights tend to be far too bright to make a good judgement. Also, leave the counter and find the nearest natural light you can to decide whether the foundation matches your skin.